The Folly of Focusing on Europe


We have learnt a great deal about our friends in Europe in recent weeks. France wants to plunder our fish, Brussels wants to command our army, while Spain wants to grab our land. The current government in Dublin, albeit increasingly rattled, cares far more for the EU than the UK. No wonder a growing portion of the British people – exhausted by Westminster’s faffing – want to get out of Europe on March 29th with a No Deal.

For many years there has been a growing suspicion of the EU. Juncker’s recent comments to journalists about not underestimating the UK’s financial input into EU coffers exposed the truth of these suspicions – that Brits were contributing far more than others, and that European legislation was balanced towards other, weaker nations, including statist France with its pitiful attempt at creating a free market economy. German car makers call the UK “treasure island” while it now comes out that last year British large and medium size companies have been paying more for our electricity than anyone in the EU.

Let’s ask a question that gets to the core of why a majority of Brits are fed up of being ripped off by the EU. How can it be possible that a citizen of tiny Ireland has a higher income per capita than a citizen of England? Asked another way, is tiny Ireland with its unfinished motorways and its bad banks really that superior in its entrepreneurial nous and ability to draw in and generate cash than England?

Look at what the Irish Government is getting away with – corporation taxes at 12.5% compared to the UK’s overall 19% (our corporation tax is far higher than Romania, Hungary or Bulgaria), – as it domiciles US companies like Google, Apple and Facebook, making pots of money off Brits. After Brexit, Brits deserve the benefits of genuinely domiciling these great American companies to which we pay so much – and drawing in the huge quantities of Chinese flight capital sitting out there – so Brits’ income per capita takes a significant boost overall, while the incomes of our friends in the poorer nations of the Commonwealth (for so long stamped down by EU tariffs) can be increased also, as the UK embraces free trade around the globe.

Yet against the current hostile background the Remainiacs want to extend the exposure of our country to the EU’s jurisdiction. Next week Yvette Cooper, Nick Boles, Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, Dominic Grieve and other Remainiacs shall seek to give an entirely arbitrary grouping of backbench MPs the power to take over the Parliamentary timetable and bring in a Bill that would force the Government to extend Article 50. Against the will of the British People. How can these politicians – many from Leave-voting constituencies – dare such sedition?

We have been here before.

At rallies, the British Union of Fascists, led by Oswald Mosley, described the working class as “the great unwashed.” He was later jailed for treason. What few remember is that on his release Mosley tried futilely to campaign for a united Europe. The British people gave Mosley the heave-ho. In the British people we must still place our trust – by respecting the 2016 Referendum result.

A WTO No Deal would be a nice, clean cut exit, allowing us to focus on more important issues. For Brexit is not the biggest strategic issue facing the UK. The Eurocentrism (maybe Euromyopia is a better term) of the Remainiacs needs puncturing – and fast. Yes, Brexit is all-consuming right now, but in the long run we’ll get through this Brexit period. The bigger issues with which the UK is beginning to try to grapple are these: the shift of economic power from the Atlantic to the Pacific, with obvious consequences for US orientation; the shift in demographics from the Northern to Southern Hemisphere, with obvious consequences for migration; and the shift in economic activity from meaningful mass employment to minority participation in technological advancement. Finally, in the short to medium term, the UK must be seriously concerned about China’s economy . As one senior civil servant told a CSM source recently: “A collapse in China would eclipse any harm Brexit could do us. On this we are completely out of synch with Washington, which seems determined to crush China. This next decade might see us not struggling to contain China but to keep her afloat and avoid systemic damage to ourselves.”

The axis of commerce (and power) shifting from West to East is a far bigger issue than Brexit. We ignore the ramifications of this at our peril. The sooner Brexit happens and the Remainiacs get back into line – or get deselected – the better for all of us.

Dominic Wightman is the Editor of Country Squire Magazine.